introducing 56 comins cresCENT, mission bay
Become part of the story of this sustainable heritage home, a place that embodies past, present & future.
Welcome to this special home! One of the earlier houses in Mission Bay, 56 Comins Crescent has lots of its ‘old’ character, yet it’s fully rejuvenated, meeting today’s standards of comfort and sustainability. It’s an oldie AND a goodie!
Solar Powered Sustainability
Our home is a Zero Energy house – solar panels on the roof generate more power than needed and the energy efficiency of the house impressively exceeds current new build standards. The solar panels are fully automated, totally reliable and monitored by SolarZero using a handy app.
Excellent Financial Impact
Living in an energy efficient way reduces our cost of living. Using solar power, we heat the main part of the house for only $3 a day in winter, charge our electric vehicle and earn money by selling our surplus solar electricity back to the grid. The flat also provides bonus home & income.
Renovated for Warmth & Quiet
The house is warm in winter, comfortable in summer and restful too, thanks to energy-efficient renovations including double glazing, premium roof insulation, a heat pump/cooling system and LED lighting.
an oldie AND a goodie
This house embodies the past, present and future.
The Waitemata has been home to Ngāti Whātua for some 400 years. The string of bays along its southern shore are among the most beautiful in the harbour, with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei’s marae above Okahu Bay at Takaparawhā (Bastion Point).
Kohimarama, another place rich in Māori and early European history, is the next section of coast to the east of Bastion Point. It was only after the First World War, that the bay closest to Bastion Point began to be called Mission Bay. It took its name from the Anglican Church’s Mission School for people from Melanesia, the region of the Pacific stretching from New Guinea to Tonga. By the beach, the Mission’s giant Norfolk pines and one of the original 19th century buildings still stand.
The first Pākeha farmer in the bay was Joseph Newman, who worked the land from the mid-1840s. A small community had developed at Mission Bay by the turn of the century. While it was a popular recreation place, it was also home to the Walsh brothers’ flying school from 1915 to 1924. It trained some 1,000 pilots to fly float planes from the beach.
In the mid-1920s, the first large tracts land for housing were sold by the Church’s Melanesian Trust Board. Our road was named after the Rev’d Richard Comins, the Church’s Archdeacon of Northern Melanesia. The completion of Tamaki Drive in the early 1930s spurred further development. And our house was built in 1944 on a 1-ha lot running down to a small valley and stream leading to the beach.
Designed in the art deco style, the accommodation was in the upper storey of the house, while one half of the lower was the garage and storage rooms. In 1965, the owners at the time turned the undeveloped half into a self-contained flat. Then later, we think in the 1970s, the garage and storage rooms were turned into a further two bedrooms, a bathroom, toilet and laundry room. Back decks were added later in stages. And our lot was cross-leased in the late 1980s, to allow the building of another home on the back half of the lot.
The house became our home in 1997. Soon after, we renewed the long run steel roof, adding underneath it insulation and ducts to move hot air from a gas-fired furnace around the upper storey. In 2002 we turned the separate dining room and kitchen into one room; in 2008 we renovated three bathrooms, replumbed the entire house and added solar water heating; in 2013-14, we rebuilt the roof, added solar panels, double glazing, LED lighting and more insulation in some walls and under the entire ground floor to make it a Zero Energy house.
sustainable heritage in mission bay
What makes this home different?
56 COMINS IS SUSTAINABLE
The house is cosy yet low energy, thanks to its overall construction plus double glazing, insulation, heat pump/cooling system and LED lighting. Solar panels on the roof generate enough electricity for a family of three, with the surplus exported to the grid. The electric vehicle charging station is the icing on top of this impressive Zero Energy home.
56 COMINS IS DISTINCTIVE
Our home is a classic example of the art deco style that appeared in New Zealand in the 1930s and marked a significant departure from villas and bungalows. Built strong to last, its frame is kauri and its exterior walls reinforced concrete panels. It retains much of its original character, yet it’s thoroughly up to date, thanks to renovations over the years.
56 COMINS IS VERSATILE
Half of the ground floor is a self-contained 1-bedroom flat, with its own front door, living room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom and access to the lower deck overlooking the garden. With its separate address, it could be home to grandparents, visitors, or renters. Or, thanks to its internal door to the rest of the house, used as a fifth bedroom, third bathroom, a second kitchen and extra space for your family.
OWNER ROD ORAM TELLS THE STORY
Find out how you can make your future a little bit brighter with this sustainable labour of love
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Just 15 minutes walk from sought-after Mission Bay beach, 56 Comins Crescent is also close to excellent schools, shops and cafes. Handy transport and cycleway options provide even more eco-lifestyle choices beyond the property.
Generous Sized Home
Our 173m2 home is set on a half-share of 1088m2 parcel of land. It features 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms plus study (or 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, study plus a completely self-contained legal one-bedroom flat) providing versatile options for growing or extended families, working for home or home and income.
Built in 1944 in the art deco style, the home retains character features including shape and structure, gracious proportions, window placements (particularly a large semi-circular bay window) and polished rimu floors.
Great for Families
Capturing daylight year-round, the house and its two huge decks with expansive views to Bastion Point and Devonport provide the perfect spot for entertaining. Nestled in the trees off the back deck is a ‘tree house’ sleepout, accessed by rope ladder or a hatch in the deck, it’s a great place for kids to play.
A MESSAGE FROM THE OWNERS
Arriving in Auckland 25 years ago, we found this delightful place on day 1 of our search for a family home. The house, garden and seaside neighbourhood were everything we’d hoped for.
And so they’ve proved to be. We’ve loved making this house our home, even more so by bringing it up to modern standards of sustainability and comfort while retaining its essential history and character.
Now, though, it’s a much bigger house than we need. So, we’re keen for another family to enjoy the place, and relish living in this historic and pleasant part of town. And in doing so, write the next chapter of this house’s long history.
We invite you to stroll through our home in photo form below….
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